The Louisville Leopard Percussionists — they’re a performing ensemble made up of 60 students, all between the ages of 7 and 14, from schools around the Louisville, Kentucky area. Each musician plays several instruments, such as the marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano. And they can rock with the best of them. Perhaps you’ve seen a viral video of the young percussionists playing Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” which Jimmy Page called “too good not to share” on his Facebook page.
If your inner 16-year-old is asking “what about Ozzy?,” well then, we’ve got you covered. Above you can watch The Fabulous Leopard Percussionists rehearsing a version of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” the heavy metal classic from 1980. Founded in 1993 by the elementary school teacher Diane Downs, the ensemble has certainly explored other musical forms too. Here, you can see them perform Chick Corea’s “Spain” and Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” at the International Association of Jazz Educators’ concert in New York City. And Latin-inspired versions of Low Rider/Oye Como Va. Not a bad way to start your day, I must say.